The Wright Houses

Get to know Frank Lloyd Wright at his two residences

Frank Lloyd Wright, the father of organic architecture, practiced his philosophy until the age of 91 in two very different cities—one in a desert, the other in a valley.

Taliesin has five FLW-designed buildings in Spring Green, Wisconsin, 187 miles from Chicago.

Year begun: 1911

Building materials: cedar shingles, limestone, wood, glass

FLW 101: The studio here is where FLW first drew the plans for the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

Extra, extra: FLW’s mistress, Mamah Borthwick Cheney, was murdered at Taliesin in 1914 by a disgruntled employee.

See it: The four-hour, six-building estate tour is so comprehensive that it includes a refreshment break.

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Taliesin West was FLW’s winter home in Scottsdale.

Year begun: 1938

Building materials: Redwood, desert rock, concrete, glass

FLW 101: Taliesin West uses the first instance of “rubble masonry,” where special desert rocks are placed into the concrete. You can see an example in his acoustically perfect cabaret theater.

Extra, extra: Taliesin West was mostly built by unskilled apprentices.

See it: The two-hour night tour is a special look at the house during sunset. Also, the fire-breathing dragon sculpture is lit.

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